Online exhibition – Residential Buildings

East Centric Awards shows projects of remarkable quality implemented in the past five years in East and Central Europe, in five categories: Residential Buildings, Public Buildings, Interior Design, Exterior Design and Regeneration.

Paleko Arch Studija & Plazma Architecture Studio – Housing Development Rasu Namai, Lithuania

  • Concept Architects

    Paleko Arch Studija – Rolandas Palekas (chief architect), Bartas Puzonas, Petras Isora; Plazma Architecture Studio – Rytis Mikulionis (chief architect), Gytis Vaitkevičius, Povilas Daugis

  • Location

    Vilnius, Lithuania

  • Structural engineering

    A. Sabaliauskas

  • Site Area

    7,219 sqm

  • Gross floor area

    2,890 sqm

  • Construction years


  • Photographs

    Norbert Tukaj


The complex is located on a cul‑de‑sac in Pavilniai Regional Park, on a slope, covered with tall trees. The site includes 4 historical ammunition vaults. The idea of the project was to combine lowered and elevated volumes. The buildings in the higher part of the plot are elevated on slender columns in order to «catch the sun» and leave the walls of historical vaults undisturbed, while the buildings down the slope are lowered and provided with yards on the creek bank. The houses are clad in wooden planks of different textures.

Eight elevated houses are designed along the street in the southern part of the plot. These buildings are set between the retaining walls of the ammunition vaults or placed above their cornices. These buildings are paired around outside staircases. The houses are elevated to ensure free access to the historical vaults and their visibility from the street.

The northern side of the street is shaped by the intermittent perimeter of lowered houses. 10 separate buildings connect two terraces: the bank of the creek and the street. Due to the difference of level they seem to be one storey high from the street and two storey high when observed from the lower terrace. Retaining walls between the houses separate the places for cars on the street level and private terraces below.

The buildings in the higher part of the plot are elevated on slender columns in order to «catch the sun»and leave the walls of historical vaults undisturbed. Meanwhile the buildings down the slope are lowered and provided with the yards on the creek bank. The houses are clad in wooden planks of different textures.

Architectural harmony

Traditional archetypical silhouette of the buildings is supplemented by moderate contemporary details and elements. Shapes are lightened by abstract volumes of bay windows and skylights. The complex of houses is harmonized by uniform materialization: buildings are clad in wood planks of several different textures, influenced by local traditions. Homogenous architectural details, scale and color of the buildings enhance the idea of unity even further.

The perspective of the street is not obstructed, but rather extending into the valley of Ribiskes landscape reserve.

Dekleva Gregorič Architects – Compact Karst House, Slovenia

  • Architect

    Dekleva Gregorič Architects

  • Location

    Vrhovlje, Karst, Slovenia

  • Project team

    Aljoša Dekleva u.d.i.a., M.Arch. (AA Dist); Tina Gregorič u.d.i.a., M.Arch. (AA Dist); Lea Kovič u.d.i.a., Vid Zabel stud.arch.

  • Site Area

    330 sqm

  • Built area

    82 sqm

  • Gross floor area

    92 sqm (65 sqm + 28 sqm)

  • Project year


  • Construction year


  • Photographs

    Janez Marolt


Following this tradition determined the design of a small compact stony house, corresponding to the needs of the young family and current technological principles. The redefinition of a traditional stony Karst house led to the concept of the proto-house as a compact, stony, pitched roof volume for contemporary countryside living in this region. The house is conceived as a monolithic volume with two inserted wooden volumes connected with an interim landing.

The ground floor operates mostly as a public or semipublic space with multiple grand landscape views, whereas on the other hand the upper floor stands very private, with sky views only. The two inserted wooden volumes contain a kitchen with dining or bathroom on the ground floor, and a master bedroom and children’s room on the upper floor.

The «house in a house» concept allows each bedroom to perform as a primarily wooden pitched house, where one literally feels like sleeping in his own (symbolic) house and not in a room. The bridge connecting both houses acts as playroom.

The redefinition of a traditional stony Karst roof, with its texture, colour, material and its steep inclination is executed as a contemporary concrete interpretation, with intense technological ingenuity. A materially inseparable connection between the façade and the roof is a key allusion to the image of the traditional Karst village.The house has three large square windows which look out on views towards a hilltop church in Italy to the west, forest to the south and entrance platform to the east.

The design of the house addresses the relationship between the contemporary and tradition, it opens up the question about the characteristics of the anonymous traditionally built architecture from which it originates and simultaneously establishes the relationship between contemporary interpretation and the traditionally conditional domain of synthesis.

MOLD Architects – Vacation Residence on Serifos Island, Greece

  • Architecture office

    MOLD architects

  • Author

     Iliana Kerestetzi

  • Location

     Serifos, Cyclades, Greece

  • Site Area

    6,000 sqm

  • Built area

    300 sqm

  • Construction year


  • Photographs

    Yannis Kontos


The work focuses on the juxtaposition of traditional concepts and contemporary syntax by weaving expressions of heritage and history into a modern vocabulary. The house has been designed as a composite «terrace» on a steep slope.

The dry stonewalling here is transformed into a tool of composition which defines the enclosed spaces, shapes the courtyards, gives protection from the northerly winds, and frames the view, thus creating a complex of interior and exterior spaces, in sequence with the natural flow of the slope. The oxidized IPE beams which were chosen for the construction of the shades, and for more general use, are a reference to the island’s history (mining of iron ore). By means of the use of stone and iron, in combination with floors of tamped cement mortar in an earthy colour, the «disguising» of the house was the aim. This logic is reinforced by the creation of «dug‑out» areas, on the roofs of which edible plants grow.

Roofed, enclosed, and sheltered areas are distinct, whereas others are free, exposed to the sun and the wind. All of them communicate with one another, thus composing the route down to the sea. The composition of the enclosed spaces was carried out with the typology of traditional Cycladic dwellings in which spaces of small dimensions, fre‑ quently of an irregular shape, are laid out in a row, with scope for later additions, as a criterion.

ADNBA – Housing Project in Bucharest, Romania

  • Architecture office

    ADN Birou de Arhitectură

  • Authors

    Andrei Șerbescu, Adrian Untaru, Claudiu Forgaci, Valentina Țigâră, Bogdan Brădățeanu, Simina Ignat

  • Collaborators

    Cosmin Dragomir, Marius Dumitrașcu, Cristina Enuță, Carmen Petrea, Elena Barbu, Bogdan Marinescu, Oana Cucoranu, Sebastian Șerban, Anamaria Pircu, Alexandra Vișan

  • Location

    Bucharest, Romania

  • Mechanical engineering

    Solid Proiect

  • Structural  engineering

    Popp and Associates

  • Total built Area

    8.278 sqm

  • Units

    77 apartments, 2 workshops – commercial spaces

  • Design and Construction period


  • Photographs

    Cosmin Dragomir


One of the most important and problematic challenge today is the fast densifi cation in central Bucharest. One could accept densification as a form of sustainability, on one hand, but densifying an old neighborhood by living it is also an acknowledgeable factor, due to its capacity to alter the place considerably and to reduce its traditional assets. Our project is in search for an adequate answer to this challenge. It tries to mediate between different sizes and densities located in quite a central neighborhood with narrow streets, long narrow plots and a puzzle of old and new buildings, in all shapes and sizes.

The building aims to reflect in its own scale the porosity and «depth» typical to narrow plots, while trying in the same time to maintain the «collage» impression of the surroundings. The complex hosts two main buildings of 5 stories each, connected by the underground levels and a small public space in between. The volumetric solution partially opens the street building to the depth of the plot. To the street, the volumetric configuration is less compact and the ground floor is transparent, in order to stimulate a visual connection at the eye level.

The project offers an adequate habitat in a central part of a contemporary city: small places and density often completed by diversity and usually larger public spaces. Most apartments differ from one another not just in size, but mostly in typology. They come with a series of interior and exterior common spaces (like terraces, cafeteria, large hallways), while the ground floor provides commercial spaces and parlors for rent, accessible from the street and also from the courtyard. The apartments confer flexibility by means of possible connections between two or more units, horizontally or vertically, for a larger space.

Turato Architects – Nest and Cave House, Croatia

  • Architect

    Idis Turato

  • Location

    Opatija, Croatia

  • Collaborators

    Ana Staničić, Ida Križaj

  • Structural engineering

    Ivan Arbanas

  • Site Area

    1,771 sqm

  • Gross floor area

    393.5 sqm

  • Design  year


  • Completion

    March 2012

  • Photographs

    Sandro Lendler, Ivan Dorotić


The tower‑house is located at Exo Nyfi, an abandoned traditional settlement in Eastern Mani with stone towers. The intention of the design was for a spare renovation of the tower‑house and its conversion into a holiday villa that exuded a primordial spirit of place.

The main challenges faced in the design process were how to create a dialectic relationship between the building and its historical background and how to introduce the addition to the existing building and the web of the traditional settlement.

«Maina» was designed in accordance with vernacular housing types in the listed settlements of Mani, in order to fit in with existing buildings in the village.

A.LT Architekti – Family House in Orava, Slovakia
©Tomas Rasl – Family House in Orava, Slovakia

  • Architect

    A.LT Architekti

  • Location

    Orava, Slovacia

  • Architects

    Peter Lacko, Filip Tittelbach, Anna Eiseltova

  • Structural engineering

    Radek Müller

  • Implementation period


  • Photographs

    Tomas Rasl


The main aim of the architects was to build a house whose form and detailing derives from traditional regional architec‑ ture, so that the house could become an integrated part of the surroundings. At the same time the client required high standards of modern housing and recreation.

The prototype of the architectural design was inspired by a vernacular house of northern Slovakia, typical in remote settlements of that region.

The large building program was divided into three identical volumes, two of which stand on a stone plinth. The stone plinth defines the protected private (exterior) zone and levels the relatively steep slope around the house. The houses are placed close to each other to create interspaces which, contrary to the open landscape, can offer safety and privacy.

The use of traditional building materials – wood, stone, ceramic tiles – goes back to a forgotten historical context.

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